Victoria’s sustainable and thriving circular economy is gaining momentum with the help of everyday Victorians who are stepping up to reduce waste – with more than 220 million containers already recycled through the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).

Photo of: Glass particle waste in recycling facility

The opening of Visy’s upgraded glass recycling facility in Laverton will process up to 200,000 tonnes of glass each year, including bottle and glass recycled from the CDS.

Now with the capacity to recycle about 150 glass bottles per Victorian each year - the $50 million upgrade has doubled the facilities glass recycling capacity, delivering 20 new optical sorters that will process glass as small as 3 millimetres in size.

This new facility will recycle materials collected through CDS and the roll out of Victoria’s new kerbside glass bins, transforming used glass into high quality food and beverage containers while improving glass-to-glass recycling capacity across the state.

Victoria’s CDS is currently processing an average of around 10 million cans a week and with 220 million containers processed since the scheme begun – it’s put more than $22 million back in the pockets of Victorians.

Victoria is working to divert 80 per cent of all material away from landfill by 2030 – this will create new business investment opportunities and thousands of new jobs and boost our state’s economy by up to $6.7 billion.

The  Victorian Government has invested $515 million to transform the Victoria’s waste and recycling system, helping us achieve our target of diverting 80 per cent of all material away from landfill by 2030.

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